Governors are required to To carry out the functions required by section 52 of the Education Act 2002 and The Education (Pupil Exclusions and Appeals) (Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2002, and in accordance with the guidance given in DfEE Circular 10/99 (excluding section 6 and Annex D) and DfES/0087/2003.
Terms of reference:
- To consider representations from parents in the case of exclusions of 5 days or less (Committee may not re-instate)
- To consider representations from parents in the case of exclusions totalling more than 5 but not more than 15 school days in one term (meeting to be held between 6th and 50th school days after receiving notice of the exclusion)
- To consider the appropriateness of any permanent exclusion or any exclusion where one or more fixed period exclusions total more than 15 school days in one term or where a student is denied the chance to take a public examination (meeting to be held between 6th and 15th school days after receiving notice of the exclusion)
- To ensure that the guidance contained in the ’Improving Attendance and Behaviour’ document is practised in the school, with specific reference to the role assigned to the Governing Body.
Membership – 3 or 5 members of the Governing Body – to be convened when required
- If a governor has a connection with the student or the incident that could affect their ability to act impartially they should not serve at the hearing. If, through non-attendance of a governor, four members consider an exclusion, the chair has the casting vote.
Disqualification from membership – The Headteacher and any Governor with prior knowledge of the student or the incident(It is suggested that staff governors, due to probable prior knowledge, should not be a member of this committee)